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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

On Friday 29th May, the following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme were announced by the Chancellor:-

Closure to new entrants

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30th June.

Anyone participating in flexible furlough from 1st July, will have had to have been furloughed for a minimum of three weeks by 30th June. Therefore, the last date for an employee to be put on furlough for the first time is 10th June.  You must claim for such employees no later than 31st July.

“Flexible furlough”

Until 30th June, it is a condition of the scheme that a furloughed employee must do no work for their employer.

From 1st July, employees will be able to do some work for their employer whilst still staying on furlough.  This is known as “flexible furlough”.

Furloughed employees who start to work part time, will be paid in full by their employer for the hours they work.  The employer will be able to place the employee on furlough for the hours they don’t work (but which they normally did) and make a claim under the Scheme for those hours.

There is no requirement that an employee must resume working from 1st July – just flexibility that they may.

Government contribution being reduced

Employees on furlough must still receive 80% of their wages when on furlough (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month). The employer’s contribution to the furlough pay will increase over time as set out below:-

  July August September October
Government contribution:

employer NICs and pension contributions

 

Yes No No No
Government contribution:

Wages

80% up to £2,500 80% up to £2,500 70% up to £2,187.50 60% up to £1,875
Employer contribution: employer NICs and pension contributions No Yes Yes Yes
Employer contribution:

Wages

Not required to contribute provided employee agrees. Not required to contribute provided employee agrees. 10% up to £312.50 20% up to £625
Employee receives (provided they have agreed in writing) no less than: 80% up to £2,500 per month 80% up to £2,500 per month 80% up to £2,500 per month 80% up to £2,500 per month

 

Reducing pay or topping up pay

As with the current version of the scheme, employers will still be free to choose to top up employee wages above 80% at their own expense if they wish.

If the employee is not going to receive 100% of their wages it is important that they agree in writing to the reduction in wages.

Further guidance to be published

Further guidance on calculating “flexible furlough” pay is to be published by the government on 12th June.

 

 

Flexible Furlough – Friday update

In what has become a recurring feature over the last number of weeks, we had a significant government announced on the furlough scheme after 5pm on Friday afternoon.

I recorded this video on Friday evening, giving some initial reaction.

I will be on Facebook Live at 4pm today to answer some questions so visit our Facebook page at 4pm if you have any questions.

Some more video updates

Please see links below to some new videos in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic that may be of interest to employers:-

Update on furlough following the Chancellor’s announcement on 12th May

What if an employee refuses to come back to work because of a health and safety concern?


What if an employee cannot come back to work because schools are closed and they have no childcare?

For more information on these issues or anything else to do with employment law, please contact us.

Video updates

This afternoon I recorded 5 short videos on various topics relating to the covid-19 pandemic and employment law.

I hope these videos are helpful. To discuss any of the issues raised in the videos, or anything else to do with employment law, please contact us

Mark

We’re recruiting

We’re recruiting for an employment law adviser to deliver high quality, pragmatic employment law advice to our clients.

We know the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different. We will therefore consider a full-time or part-time working pattern for the right candidate for the role.

The successful candidate will have qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister and will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience in advising on employment law.

An ability to form strong relationships with clients and colleagues will be just as important as the ability to deliver excellent  advice.

We’re recruiting for an employment law adviser to deliver high quality, pragmatic employment law advice to our clients.

We know the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different. We will therefore consider a full-time or part-time working pattern for the right candidate for the role.

The successful candidate will have qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister and will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience in advising on employment law.

An ability to form strong relationships with clients and colleagues will be just as important as the ability to deliver excellent  advice.

For a job description, person specification and application form, please get in touch by emailing info@markmasonlaw.co.uk in strictest confidence

Closing date – 30th March 2020

For a job description, person specification and application form, please get in touch by emailing info@markmasonlaw.co.uk in strictest confidence

Closing date – 14th February 2020

We’re recruiting

We’re recruiting for an employment law adviser to deliver high quality, pragmatic employment law advice to our clients.

We know the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different. We will therefore consider a full-time or part-time working pattern for the right candidate for the role.

The successful candidate will have qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister and will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience in advising on employment law.

An ability to form strong relationships with clients and colleagues will be just as important as the ability to deliver excellent  advice.

For a job description, person specification and application form, please get in touch by emailing info@markmasonlaw.co.uk in strictest confidence

Closing date – 14th February 2020

We’re recruiting

Due to business growth, we’re recruiting for an employment law adviser to deliver high quality, pragmatic employment law advice to our clients.

Ideally, we are looking for someone on a full-time basis. However, we know the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different. We will therefore consider a part-time working pattern for the right candidate for the role.

The successful candidate will have qualified as a Solicitor or Barrister and will have a minimum of 1 years’ experience in advising on employment law.

An ability to form strong relationships with clients and colleagues will be just as important as the ability to deliver excellent  advice.

For a job description, person specification and application form, please get in touch by emailing info@markmasonlaw.co.uk in strictest confidence

Closing date – 14th June 2019

We’re recruiting

We’re looking for a PA / admin assistant to support our team of three employment lawyers. This is a brand new role so would suit someone with experience who would relish the opportunity to implement and maintain office procedures.

The role is part time (up to 20 hours per week) with rate of pay negotiable depending upon experience.

For a job description, person specification and application form, please get in touch by emailing mark@markmasonlaw.co.uk

Closing date  - 2nd October

We’re recruiting

We’re looking for an enthusiastic employment lawyer to join our growing team.

The successful candidate will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with a minimum of 1 years’ experience in advising on employment law.

An ability to form strong relationships with clients and colleagues will be just as important as the ability to deliver excellent employment law advice and representation.

We will consider applications from lawyers interested in a full-time or part-time position.

For more information, including a job description, person specification and an application form, please email mark@markmasonlaw.co.uk

Closing date for applications – 13th February 2017